2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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$92,350

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2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Highway poise
  • Seat comfort
  • Intuitive Comand system
  • Massive backseat

The bad:

  • Maneuverability in tight spaces
  • Numerous tech features could pose reliability problems later

7 trims

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Notable features

  • S350 diesel 4Matic
  • More standard features
  • S400 Hybrid
  • Many high-tech options
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance AMG versions available

2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes’ flagship S-Class full-size sedan seats five in two luxurious rows. A number of different powerful engines are available, as are high-performance AMG editions. Two more fuel-efficient S-Class variants are also available: the S350 Bluetec 4Matic diesel and the S400 Hybrid. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
New for 2013
For the 2013 model year, the S350 Bluetec 4matic, S400 Hybrid and S550 models get the Premium 2 option package as standard. It includes parking assistance, a backup camera, keyless-go with push-button start and massaging front seats with adjustable comfort head restraints.
Exterior
The S-Class receives no major styling changes for 2013. Exterior features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG has 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • Standard bi-xenon headlamps¬†
  • Standard LED daytime running lights and taillamps
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Parktronic parking assist and a backup camera are standard on select models. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Comand system with 7-inch dash screen and center-console control knob
  • Split-view dashboard screen can show different content at same time for driver and passenger
  • Standard heated and ventilated front seats, optional massaging¬†
  • Available power-adjustable rear seats with heating and ventilation
  • Available premium stereo¬†
  • Available rear entertainment system

Under the Hood
In addition to the hybrid V-6 and diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. Mechanical features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295 hp
  • S350 has a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and a seven-speed automatic
  • S550 features a new 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic
  • S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic
  • S63 AMG has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp, works with a seven-speed automatic and includes a start/stop feature (optional Performance Package increases output to 563 hp)
  • S65 AMG uses a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when the system senses an impending collision. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. Other safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system and driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Optional infrared night-vision system projects black-and-white video image on instrument cluster display
  • Available active body control with crosswind stabilization

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most beautiful car I Have ever owned!

The most luxurious car I have ever owned! The absolute epitome of comfort and style! It is like cruising the roads in your living room!

5.0

Love this car!

It's a Benz. What more do you need to know? I really love this car. I don't drive a lot, but when I do, much of it is long distance. This is honestly the most comfortable car I've ever owned. I drove 5 hours straight and walked right out of the car feeling relaxed. No need to stretch or anything. Just got out and went about my business. Once you own one, you'll never go to another.

4.9

excellent ride and power

this car is pure luxury, has great power and more than enough leg room, all the additional features you could imagine, great sporty look with

See all 25 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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